New Zealand angry at Australia’s convict deportations

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WELLINGTON: New Zealand Prime Minister John Key warned Wednesday that Australia risks straining the trans-Tasman “special relationship” by deporting Kiwi-born convicts under tough new immigration rules. Hundreds of New Zealanders are being held in migration centers awaiting deportation under new rules that say foreign nationals should be sent home if they have served a jail term of 12 months or more. With some 650,000 New Zealanders living in Australia, there are concerns the numbers could rise steeply and that many people are being unfairly targeted. Key said he was concerned about New Zealanders being sent to detention centers, including remote Christmas Island in the Indian Ocean, and had raised the issue with Australia Foreign Minister Julie Bishop.

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